Nominees in the category of Recent Graduate
Visual Merchandising Arts, 2018
Sara Camposarcone is not your average fashion vlogger. Her eye-catching style layers bold prints with vibrant colours, often on exaggerated silhouettes. She uses a mix of second-hand and vintage clothing – along with eco-friendly designers – to create a playful and fun aesthetic called sustainable maximalism. Her content has attracted the attention of Vogue, Harpers, Bazaar and The New York Times, as well as major brands like McDonalds and Amazon. However, it is the overwhelming positivity that Camposarcone puts forth in her videos that keeps a host of demographics interested and feeling empowered to wear what makes them feel confident.
Construction Engineering Technology (Management), 2019
Construction Techniques, 2015
Jessica Garrett is a fearless female trailblazer within the male-dominated construction industry, dedicated to mentoring young women to join the field. She stands out as an abuse survivor overcame severe physical trauma during her college studies and needed a wheelchair, cane and knee braces to recover. She’s endured unchecked sexism and discrimination that young women in technical construction jobs can face and recalls the pressures of working during college to pay her bills. Today, Garrett's in charge of vetting engineering submissions and planning documents for subdivisions and condominiums for one of Ontario’s most famous destinations, Niagara Falls.
Social Service Worker, 2022
Mental Health and Disability Management, 2020
Recreation and Leisure Studies, 2004
Janet Greener is an entrepreneur dedicated to providing services for children, youth and their families who experience developmental disabilities or mental health conditions. She has applied her experience and expertise in neurodiversity to founding Beechwood Brainery Inc. since 2020. Its mission is to provide a safe space for personal growth and academic achievement through adapted and alternative education programming, tutoring, counselling and respite supports. She founded the school after seeing a critical gap in youth services through her own family’s experience with her younger sister, who has Down syndrome. The school now has two locations.
Global Business Management, 2019
Social Service Worker, 2022
Christina Kioke is an Attawapiskat First Nation member, social service worker, advocate for those facing social injustice and inequity and a former foster parent. She inspires and mentors others through lived experiences. She is recovering from addictions and has overcome many traumas, including a suicide attempt. Kioke is a strong, proud and resilient Cree woman, striving to create positive societal change for the communities she serves. In her current role, she launched the Six Seasons Youth Program. It provides Indigenous youth with a culturally safe space to develop and maintain their sense of identity and belonging, thus decreasing the risk of suicide.
George Brown College
Fashion Techniques and Design, 2019
Law Clerk, 2019
General Arts and Sciences: Justice Studies, 2018
General Arts and Sciences: English for Academic Purposes, 2016
As a native Cree and French speaker, Alycia Lameboy-Dixon came to college to study law with very limited English-language skills. Now trilingual, she is able to communicate effectively with all members of the justice system to ensure the needs of her community are met, including the over 18,000 people who call the Eeyou Istchee territory home. She works there as a justice project officer for the Department of Justice and Correctional Services at the Cree Nation government, writing key reports and managing criminal and by-law case files for nine communities.
St. Clair College
Community Integration through Cooperative Education, 2022
Industrial Mechanical Millwright, 2020
International Development, 2019
A first-generation Canadian, Sid Naidu is a Scarborough-based artist, creative entrepreneur and documentary photographer who creates community-driven storytelling projects through visual arts, photojournalism and public art installations. He is the co-founder of Scarborough Made, a social impact organization devoted to storytelling, creative employment and mentorship for youth, public art and community engagement. In 2020, he founded SNCD Inc., a creative enterprise that helps purpose-driven brands, artists and social entrepreneurs develop and amplify their impact. He holds a bachelor of arts in art and contemporary studies from Toronto Metropolitan University and a graduate certificate in international development from his alma mater college.
International Transportation and Customs, 2019
Child and Youth Care, 2019
Jenna Polutanovich has made a significant impact in her community by providing support and developing resources for children and families who have experienced a loss by death. As a student, she recognized that gaps needed to be filled and that her community lacked grief-specific supports for children who have lost a loved one. Since graduating, she has offered one-on-one and group support, authored and published the book ABC's of Death (for caregivers navigating loss with children), has educated post-secondary students and has “trained the trainer” with community organizations to become more comfortable supporting their own clients through grief.
Bachelor of Community Development, 2023
Rooted in community, Lisa Post is a transformational leader championing equity, diversity and inclusion, dedicating much of her political career to representing marginalized voices and building strong social policies. A lifelong resident of Orangeville, she was elected in 2022 as the town’s second female mayor since its incorporation in 1863 after serving a four-year term as a councillor. She is an active volunteer, serving on several non-profit boards and working alongside local organizations focused on culture, youth, empowerment and safety. She prioritizes a community-first approach in her decision-making and is an advocate for the merits of lifelong learning.
Police Foundations, 2018
Wazeer Rahman became a police constable immediately after graduation. He’s an ardent believer in the value of community policing to not only respond to calls but proactively engage to build trust and reduce negative interactions. In a new role with the traffic and marine unit, he’s passionate about fighting impaired driving. He spends many volunteer hours mentoring other potential policing students who want to follow his path. As an international student, he co-founded the Kerala Muslim Student Association, which now has chapters across Canada. In 2021 he received a Community Champion Award from the Simcoe County Newcomer Recognition Awards.
Advanced Diploma, IT Innovation and Design, 2022
St. Lawrence College
Healthcare Administration, 2022
Architectural Technology, 2018